Born in Belgium, Rafaël Leloup graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in classical composition with “Grande Distinction”. He also studied composition at the Conservatorio di Musica di Bologna (Italy), accordion at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (Belgium), and film scoring at New York University. He received several honors for his work and curriculum from Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgian Vocation Foundation, SPES Foundation, Los Angeles Film Music Foundation, Wurlitzer Foundation, Manhattan Producers Alliance, ASCAP, and NYU.

He has worked on a number of independent films as well as Lionsgate's Consumed for the Twilight Saga, But Not For Me winning Best Original Score award @ Brooklyn Film Festival, Tristan shortlisted for BAFTA Student Film Awards, and Lily In The Grinder finalist of HBO's Project Greenlight. Some of his projects and collaborations have been played in MoMA (New York), Berlinale, SXSW, Toronto International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, and appeared in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Variety, Smithsonian Channel & MTV.

Rafaël was nominated for Best Young European Composer at World Soundtrack Awards in 2013, selected for Berlinale Talents program in 2016, and was invited to become a voting member of the World Soundtrack Academy in 2018.

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- voting member @ World Soundtrack AcademyGhentBe2018
- selected as Berlinale Talent @ Berlinale International Film FestivalBerlinGer2016
- SPES Foundation Grant for Music CompositionBrusselsBe2016
- Best Original Score Award for Ryan Carmichael’s But Not For Me @ Brooklyn Film FestivalNew YorkUS2015
- Wurlitzer Foundation Grant for Music Composition Residency in New MexicoTaosUS2014
- nominated for Best Young European Composer @ World Soundtrack AwardsGhentBe2013
- featured at ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPOLos AngelesUS2011
- nominated for “European Talent Award” @ SoundTrack Cologne 7.0CologneGer2010
- “Emerging Talent” @ Manhattan Producers AllianceNew YorkUS2010
- Los Angeles Film Music Foundation Scholarship for the “NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop”New YorkUS2010
- Belgian Vocation Foundation Award in Film Music CompositionBrusselsBe2009
- “Grande Distinction” – Conservatoire Royal de BruxellesBrusselsBe2008
- “Prix Gevaerts” – Prix du Patrimoine du Conservatoire Royal de BruxellesBrusselsBe2008
- “Prix Gevaerts” – Prix du Patrimoine du Conservatoire Royal de BruxellesBrusselsBe2007
- “Government Medal” (accordion)BrusselsBe2004
- “Prix de Waegenaere” from the Académie de musique de Saint-GillesBrusselsBe2001


— FEATURE FILMS (selection from 6)

The Other Lambby Malgorzata Szumowska (Poland 2019)
produced by Rumble Films (Whiplash, Drive, Nightcrawler)
Official Selection @ Toronto International Film Festival
Inheritanceby Jessica Kaye & Laura Davis (US/Belize 2017)
nominated for SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award @ SXSW Film Festival
nominated for SXSW Gamechanger Award @ SXSW Film Festival
But Not For Meby Ryan Carmichael (US 2015)
BEST SCORE AWARD & Audience Award @ Brooklyn Film Festival
Twa Timounby Jonas d’Adesky (Belgium/Haiti 2012)
nominated for Best Film (Gen. Kplus) @ Berlinale International Film Festival
Official Selection @ Toronto International Film Festival

— SHORT FILMS (selection from 50+)

Tristanby Sonam Larcin (Belgium 2017)
shortlisted for BAFTA Student Film Awards
The Storytellers: Consumedby Maja Fernqvist (US/Sweden 2015)
produced by Lionsgate & Facebook for The Twilight Saga
Lily In The Grinderby Michael Morgenstern (US 2014)
finalist @ HBO Project Greenlight
A Trip Down Market Streetby Anonymous, 1906 (US 2010)
Official Selection @ MoMA Film Festival (New York)
soundtrack in collaboration with Agatha Kasprzyk
Un Café pour l’Amériqueby Jossy Mayor (Luxembourg 2009)
Best Short Film Foreign @ LA Downtown Film Festival
Short Film Corner @ Cannes Film Festival


The Lost TapesTV-documentaries for the Smithsonian Channel
ep.4 — Patty Hearstby EMMY Award winner Tom Jennings (US 2017)
ep.3 — Son Of Samby EMMY Award winner Tom Jennings (US 2017)
ep.2 — LA Riotsby EMMY Award winner Tom Jennings (US 2017)
nominated for Outstanding Television Documentary @ Black Reel Awards
ep.1 — Pearl Harborby EMMY Award winner Tom Jennings (US 2016)
Golden Eagle @ Cine Golden Eagle Film and Video Competition
Gold Medal @ New York Festivals


FunCorpby Ben Dessy & Xavier Ziomek (Belgium 2017)
10x10min web-series for Canal Play (Canal+)